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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Fall Flight to the Beach

November 11, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated December 12, 2018

Back in November when we were installing the new propeller on my RV-4, Mike invited us to take a break and fly to Chatham MA for lunch with his friends. The unknown friends didn’t tempt me much, but Chatham looked interesting. The town of Chatham is at the southeastern bend in Cape Cod. It has […]

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Early morning ski down the Alexandria

December 2, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated December 5, 2018

The early season snow has been good this year. Cardigan Lodge measured 21 inches at their stake. We were already headed to Cardigan for a ski leader training day, and Tyson’s parents could watch Isaac. We decided to stay the night so we could ski a lap before the meeting. The forecast predicted snow Saturday […]

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Catto composite propeller on my RV-4: installation and first flight

November 10, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated November 28, 2018

I upgraded my RV-4 to a Catto propeller for better performance, quieter cruise, and more ground clearance. My old propeller was a Sensenich. Old: Sensenich 70CM6S16-0-79 New: Catto Semi-custom 2 blade 3 blade Aluminum Wood core, glass/carbon composite 70″ diameter x 79″ pitch 66″ Diameter x 70″ Pitch 35 lb (approximate) 13 lb My engine […]

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First ski trip of the year

November 17, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated November 21, 2018

It snowed 7.5 inches at home for the first snow storm in southern New Hampshire. Pinkham Notch reported 13 inches at their snow stake — 5 inches of new snow on top of the existing base. Time to go skiing. In response to the snow, a bunch of AMC ski leaders posted they were going […]

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Review of Rebel Ilaga compared to Tahe Marine Greenland

Emilie Phillips
updated November 15, 2018

Johan Wirsén first designed a Greenland style kayak for Tahe Marine — the Tahe Marine Greenland. Then that design moved to Zegul, and now Johan is selling his kayak designs under the Rebel brand. The Rebel Ilaga is the closest to the original Tahe, so how similar is it? A few weeks ago, I had […]

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Fall Traditions

Emilie Phillips
updated November 7, 2018

This past weekend we started on our fall chores. Firewood First, we stacked wood. Usually we cut and stack wood, but this year we hadn’t set any green wood to dry in the spring, so I ordered wood. Simply stacking takes a lot less time than cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking. Tyson and I stacked […]

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Long Weekend on Tybee Island

October 26, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated November 2, 2018

We flew to Tybee Island Georgia for an end of summer paddling trip. We’ve paddled Tybee two other times, once at Halloween and once at Thanksgiving. My parents provided all the kayaks. Isaac has learned to paddle his own boat, so we no longer needed a tandem. Isaac paddled my Mom’s skin on frame. Dad […]

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Surf Training in Ipswich Bay

September 16, 2018
Tyson Sawyer
updated October 24, 2018

We took Isaac kayaking in Ipswich Bay at the south end of Plum Island. He did great. He took a number of rides on some Isaac sized surf and learned to edge into the wave. His kayak control is still limited, but he edged enough that he never flipped. We made progress on wet exits. […]

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